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Avocado, Apple and Pineapple Smoothie

Yes, yes, I know some of you will look at this post and think:

But occasionally, I like to try my hand at smoothie making, and over the last few months have made (and survived drinking) smoothies using corn, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, natural yogurt, pineapple and fromage frais.

Then a month or so ago I started eating avocado on a regular basis. I'd chop it into pieces and have it with coconut and melon for lunch with fromage frais. This kept me from snacking through the afternoon as it's good filling stuff.

Avocado also

Add that to , which

And it's a pretty powerful mix to wake up your body with.

So, I chopped up a small , and threw it, peel and all, into my blender. I added a whole avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped. I also threw in some frozen pineapple straight from the freezer. Added a quarter of a pint of milk, then after the blending process had started, around half a pint of water.

Result: one smooth smoothie, perfectly blended, enough for two meals. (Lunch today and lunch tomorrow, I suspect.) Pale in color, no added sweetness, merely using ingredients I would have here anyway.

Now feeling very pleased with myself and planning other mixes.

As to cost:

  • Pack of 2 ripe & ready avocados - £1.80
  • Pack of 5 Everyday Value apples - £0.89
  • Tin of Everyday Value Pineapple Pieces - £0.35

The apples and the pineapple pieces will make more than one smoothie batch, so the only real outlay is the avocados every couple of days.

Average cost of this meal £1.20. You can't even buy a sandwich for that these days, and something as unhealthy as a fast food burger will easily cost five times as much for a full meal. I know which way I'll go.

Don't get me on the topic of 'healthy food costs too much'. Laziness costs too much. Healthy food is affordable and thinking up new combinations is fun.


Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/smoothie-fruit-blend-glass-drink-729923/ by milivanily

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Comments

agvulpes wrote on May 24, 2015, 9:21 AM

Actually you have picked three of my favorite fruits ! and your recipe sounds like it would be a great combination! I'm going to give it a try :)

MegL wrote on May 24, 2015, 9:45 AM

Sounds tasty. It's the kind of stuff I would want to keep on drinking!

wolfgirl569 wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:11 AM

Sounds good I love making them with strawberries and bananas

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:15 AM

Certainly has been a great combination here today.

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:16 AM

I almost did pour myself the other half that I had made, then I remembered I wanted to see how it kept overnight so I tipped it into my flask and stuck it in the fridge.

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:21 AM

Bananas don't like me, unfortunately. Anything with banana in makes me reverse sharply in the opposite direction. Hence why I go for avocados, because they are good for the same kind of healthy assistance as bananas. Strawberries I can eat until the cows come home though. They'll be going into my smoothies soon, along with beetroot in some mixes.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:23 AM

There are some of us who dislike the taste of avocados. I understand green smoothies are healthy but I will stick to the popular fruit smoothies.

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:33 AM

My boss dislikes avocado as well. She says they feel slimy to her.

MegL wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:43 AM

That was very conscientious and extremely good self discipline. emoticon :smile:

JohnRoberts wrote on May 24, 2015, 10:45 AM

Exactly. Slimy. Not so bad cut up but blended into smooth liquid, yuck.

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2015, 3:25 PM

Okay, so it's smooth and nutritious and affordable, but I read through this twice and couldn't find any mention of the taste...

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 3:39 PM

Blended avocado and apple with a hint of sweetness from the pineapple.

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2015, 3:49 PM

I know what is in it, and I can imagine what the apple and pineapple taste like (good!), but I can't imagine how the avocado affects it. Does it just add "body" but not really affect the taste, or does it alter the taste? Does it make it less sweet? And really, the main question is: Is it yummy?

WordChazer wrote on May 24, 2015, 6:00 PM

Adds body and diffuses the sweetness from the fruit, given that I am not a sweet toothed person all the time - only certain times! And yes, it is yummy. Just the right mix of sweet and savory, where a smoothie of fruit alone would be too sweet. Avocado and pine/apple just go together. Enough sweet/sour to cancel each other out. If I'd added something like broccoli or spinach it would have upset the balance of the smoothie. Perhaps I would have tried with natural yogurt if I'd had that to hand, or melon. Avocado and apple is a known good smoothie mix though. The site incrediblesmoothies has a really good range of recipes, though mine was rather what I had to hand in the fridge/freezer.

I think my next one might be a version of the soup mix my colleague made me last week: spinach, brocc, cauli, kale and celery. Heated, it tastes utterly wonderful. I'd been admiring her soups for months. They smell delicious and look good. Finally she surprised me with a portion. Added a roll and it was the best lunch meal I had enjoyed in a few weeks. Might have to make it, then take it into work for reheating, perhaps.

I'm not a big fan of fruit as fruit, so if I can add it into a meal, that's great. I also tend to inhale my food, so if I have it as a soup or shake, I can do that without feeling I'm letting good hot food go to waste.

AliCanary wrote on May 25, 2015, 4:25 PM

Excellent! As for the soup, it sounds like it would be pretty hearty. There's nothing like home-cooked food, and soup is one of those hits-the-spot foods. Don't know how it would go over cold, but vichyssoise is a thing, so maybe it would work, eh?

celticeagle wrote on May 26, 2015, 12:34 PM

Things are more expensive here but I think I am going to try a smoothie when I get groceries in a few (9) days. I get a smoothie-type bottled bunch of goodness. It is called a "Naked". Has Kale and broccoli and apple, pineapple, etc. Yum!

MelissaE wrote on May 30, 2015, 7:35 AM

I like smoothies that taste like sherbet. Some of those ingredients in smoothies are so gross.

WordChazer wrote on May 30, 2015, 7:55 AM

I don't have much truck with some of the shakes on sale though - they are overly sweet to my taste buds. I have another avocado left so I'll make that up with another apple later and see how it goes. I'll have to leave out the pineapple this time I think, as the tins we have are too big to use all at once and we don't have gammon planned for this week.

RuthCox wrote on June 1, 2015, 4:00 PM

I love fruit smoothies! I don't much care for avocado but would be willing to try it in a smoothie, as then it might not be so overpowering in flavor.

WordChazer wrote on June 2, 2015, 12:55 PM

My colleague makes soup with kale and broccoli. She's the one I'm blaming for this sudden burst of healthy domesticity in my life. That and the fact that I can't afford shop-bought lunches, and anyway, I need to lose weight and find some energy from somewhere in order to keep up with everything these days.

WordChazer wrote on June 2, 2015, 12:58 PM

If you stick half an avocado with an apple and some pineapple, plus pineapple juice if you're using tinned pineapple pieces, then you'll probably find the avocado is barely noticeable. It thickens the smoothie up really well though. This started out as an attempt to get more fruit in my diet as I don't like fruit as fruit and fruit yogurt is too sweet for my taste.